The City of Bergamo in Northern Italy has announced an open international design contest to overhaul its historic Piacentiniano Centre district
Open to multidisciplinary teams – the anonymous two-stage competition seeks regeneration proposals for a raft of open spaces, squares and disused buildings within the ‘lower town’ area of the ancient Roman city.
The €2 million project aims to revitalise commercial, social and cultural activity within the Piacentiniano Centre district (pictured) which was constructed in the early Twentieth Century and is a short distance from the ancient ‘upper town’ area which is waiting to be added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
According to the brief: ‘The Competition for project design in two stages aims to regenerate the public spaces of the Piacentiniano Centre in Bergamo.
‘Launched by the City of Bergamo, the Competition will transform and redefine the Piacentiniano Centre and its uses through the overhaul of open areas, squares and public spaces. It asks for proposals that will strengthen and renovate its role as the identity generator of the city centre, improve its livability and re-use the discarded public and private buildings.’
Founded by ancient Celts and later recognised by Julius Ceasar as a municipal town in 49 BC – Bergamo grew to become a major centre of manufacturing and trade during the renaissance and later centuries. The city is split between the walled upper town on the hills and the lower town which hosts Bergamo’s financial, industrial and administrative centres.
Stretching from Francesco Petrarca street in the north to Largo Porta Nuova street in the south – the Piacentiniano Centre is a planned district created in the early twentieth century on the site of a former open air market ground. The Classically-styled area was mostly constructed during the 1930s and based on competition-winning designs by Italian architect Marcello Piacentini and engineer Giuseppe Quaroni.
Teams of architects, engineers and other related experts are invited to submit anonymous conceptual plans to rejuvenate the area in the competition’s first round. The contest focuses on the city’s Piazza Dante, Quadriportico del Sentierone, Piazza Cavour and the east side of the Sentierone avenue.
Submissions should include two A2-sized boards featuring 3D graphics along with axonometric, elevation and site plan drawings. A written report on 15 sides of A4 will also be required. Applications will be evaluated on architectural quality; economic, social and environmental sustainability and costs.
Five finalists will then be invited to participate in the second stage during which they will be required to develop more detailed concepts and form teams demonstrating the financial, technical and professional capacity needed to deliver the scheme.
The overall winner, to be announced 9 February, will receive a £26,000 prize and will work with the client to develop schemes for the city’s Piazza Dante and Quadriportico areas.
The estimated design fee for the winning team is £129,000. Four additional prizes worth £13,000 each will also be shared between the runners ups.
The deadline for applications is 12noon local time on 5 July.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
View the contract notice for more information
Comune di Bergamo
Piazza Matteotti 27
Tel: +39 035 399111